There is a different style of coaching this year compared to last season.
[i][b]Ryan Hinds knew things were different this year when he got a hug.
The Ticats defensive back — who is on his third head coach in four seasons with the club — was somewhat taken aback when he received an embrace from head coach Kent Austin when the two met for this first time this week.
“It’s a much different atmosphere than last year and I think it’s welcome,? Hinds said Friday after the team wrapped up three days of workouts at McMaster University.[/b][/i]
[i][b]A brilliant game planner and tactician, Cortez’ otherwise old-school approach was long on practice time and short on communication.
Receiver Andy Fantuz didn’t want to compare the regimes directly, but it’s clear Austin’s long career as a CFL quarterback — he won two Grey Cups — gives him added credibility.
“You can tell that he knows what it’s like to be a player. He doesn’t run us into the ground, but when it’s our turn to do a drill, he wants it done right,? said Fantuz, who played for Austin when the Riders won the 2007 championship. “He’s got that confidence, it just kind of beams off him.?[/b][/i]